Will Britain's 300 Million-Pound Investment Spark An AI Revolution?
By TD NewsDesk
Updated on Wed, Nov 8, 2023
Nearly a year since the introduction of ChatGPT, the Rishi Sunak-led United Kingdom government's high-profile AI Safety Summit event to serve as a culmination to the year's heated escalation of worldwide discussions on AI safety. For many users, OpenAI's chatbot was their first exposure to the robust capabilities of today's AI systems.
The widespread interest it generated gave credence to the theory that artificial intelligence (AI) could one day constitute an existential threat to humanity, and it encouraged governments throughout the world to consider whether and how to regulate AI. These debates have taken place amid concerns that the next generation of AI systems could be 10 or 100 times more powerful and destructive than its predecessors, which currently pose significant risks, especially to marginalized people.
Bletchley Park, the Victorian stately estate outside London, now a museum, hosted on November 1 and 2 the first-ever AI Safety Summit, bringing together representatives from 27 governments and the CEOs of leading AI businesses. Among the attendees were leaders of the U.S. and Chinese governments, Elon Musk and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.
The United Kingdom government decided to host the summit in Bletchley Park because of the historical significance of the site as one of the first locations where modern computers were developed in order to crack the Nazis' Enigma Code.
At the event, it was announced that UK will increase funding for two supercomputers to aid in studies aimed at ensuring the security of cutting-edge AI models. The government declared that funding for the "AI Research Resource" will be expanded from 100 million pounds to 300 million pounds ($363.57 million).
"Frontier AI models are becoming exponentially more powerful," British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on social media platform X.
"This investment will make sure Britain’s scientific talent have the tools they need to make the most advanced models of AI safe."
So, what can we anticipate from this AI Supercomputer Investment?
British officials have announced that two new supercomputers, one in Cambridge and one in Bristol, will triple the available AI processing power in the country.
The government has stated that these machines would be put to service analyzing advanced AI models to assess safety features and propelling advances in medicine development and sustainable energy.
For instance, Bristol's "Isambard-AI" will have 5,000 advanced AI chips from Nvidia in a supercomputer developed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. At the same time, the Cambridge machine "Dawn" will be provided through cooperation with Dell and UK SME StackHPC and powered by more than 1,000 Intel CPUs, Britain stated.
With Britain diving headfirst into AI supercomputing with a whopping 300-million-pound investment, will it be at the frontier to a high-tech future? Can Britain take on the EU and the US in the AI arena?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
First published on Wed, Nov 8, 2023
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